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    Can anyone tell me about Antofagasta in Chile?

    My boss asked me if I would take a job which involves spending weekends in Antofagasta. The job is at Escondida copper mine. I'd be there for 10 weeks and there's a number of things I'd like to know before considering the offer further. Surprisingly there's minimal information available online. The workers must not have internet access I guess.

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    I looked it up on the map. Its going to be hot there and that is in or near the Atacama desert, one of the dryest places on the planet. You can put up with a lot for 10 weeks.

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    Temperature drops 2 deg C for every 1000 feet ASL and the mine is at 14000 feet. So I'm not convinced it will be hot there !! I guess it will be warm at the coast probably. Thanks for the information though. I'm really interested in things like whether they have a good gym at the mine, what the accommodation is like at Antofagasta on the days-off, whether there is a variety of food or just burritos for breakfast lunch and dinner!!! I've searched on Wikianswers and found that there are 33 questions and only one of them has been answered!! Seems suspicious. Maybe the people are scared to say anything!!
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    Funny thing is that there probably WOULDN'T be a burrito in sight. That's Tex Mex isn't it? I don't know. I'm sure the food would be good if your adventurous. You can check Antofagasta on Google maps. It looks like a fairly large city. Numerous world class hotels. I'd be more worried about not getting too drunk on the weekends.

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    Sounds like an Italian dish containing seafood, so it can't be all bad. I would try a dry white wine with it.
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    Also, when in Texas, if you put beans in it, it is no longer chili. I am pretty sure the same applies for Antofagasta.
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    Chile is awesome. Have only been to Antofagasta once for a few days so can't offer much. What do you need to know?

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    Antofagasta, Chile has almost as awesome of a name as Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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    Here's a little Foo connection... Antofagasta was founded by this man:

    250px-Josť_Santos_Ossa.jpg

    Josť Santos Ossa Vega -- who also happens to be my great-grandfather!

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    ^Cool beans!

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    Speaking of beans, I would expect to see much beans in your typical south-american diet. Even down in Chile (don't listen to jsharr).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Also, when in Texas, if you put beans in it, it is no longer chili. I am pretty sure the same applies for Antofagasta.
    We call chili without beans, sloppy joes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    We call chili without beans, sloppy joes.
    I did not know you were a yankee. Also, please note CHILI DOES NOT HAVE BEANS IN IT. Good Day to you sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Here's a little Foo connection... Antofagasta was founded by this man:

    250px-Josť_Santos_Ossa.jpg

    Josť Santos Ossa Vega -- who also happens to be my great-grandfather!
    We should hold a seance, assuming he is deaded, and ask him about the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    i did not know you were a yankee. Also, please note chili does not have beans in it. Good day to you sir.
    beans
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    beans do not belong in chili.
    I agree with you Mango.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    We should hold a seance, assuming he is deaded, and ask him about the place.
    Long deaded, as I understand. If he isn't, he's the most miserly great-grandfather ever. There's never been a single present, card or phone call!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Long deaded, as I understand. If he isn't, he's the most miserly great-grandfather ever. There's never been a single present, card or phone call!
    I say that you get the first question at the seance then. You deserve an answer for this decades long sleight.
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